Tuesday, March 28, 2017

***** Tuesday, April 4th Hike/Cookout*****

Dale and Paul Melis have extended an invitation to all club members for a hike/cookout at their cottage on Lake Huron.  On Tuesday, April 4th we will meet at the Sears parking lot at 10:00 am as usual and then car pool out to the boat launch at Lauzon Creek.  We will walk to the cottage from there and enjoy hot dogs cooked on the fire. There were wieners and buns left over from Winterfest so all you have to bring is a drink and whatever else you want to eat. If the weather doesn't cooperate,  Saturday, April 8th will be the alternate date for this event. Hope to see everyone there. For more information call Nickie at 461-6304.

Saturday, March 25, 2017

Esten Lake, March 23rd, 2017

commentary and photos by Gayle
Eight intrepid hikers ventured on the frozen Esten Lake hearing the moans and groans of trapped air under the ice. As the ice surface freezes and thaws ,  the air trapped beneath the ice layers tries to free itself thus the moan like sound emits. Too cool . Never venture on your own on frozen lakes without consulting an experienced individual first. We had information prior to travelling on Esten Lake that there were 20 inches of  good solid ice from experienced ice fishermen. PHOTOS

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

***** FREE CAMPING for Coureurs de Bois members *****

We have once again been offered the free use of a campsite at Mississagi Park in exchange for acting as Park Ambassadors.  You will be expected to be at the campsite a minimum of two hours per day to answer questions from campers relating to hiking trails, park facilities and activities.  For more information, or to schedule your days, please call Astrid at 578-2095 or Gerry J at 461-6304

Monday, March 20, 2017

*****Annual Trivia Night*****

from Jim

The Annual Trivia Night at the Curling Club will be held this year on Friday April 28th. I have reserved 2 teams of 6 to 8 people from the hiking club. The cost is $20.00 per person. We need to defend our reputation so if you have any little factoids tucked away in your head,  (or not) we need your expertise. The prizes are great, the bar will be open and there will be snacks. This is a fun evening, so if interested, call Jim at 848 6035.

Friday, March 17, 2017

Thursday March 14th, 2017

commentary by Emily photos by Piper
Beautiful azure skies greeted six adventurers who met for our TBA hike.  It was determined that our mission, should we decide to accept, was to go west of the Scott Rd along the EL ATV 2 Trail .   The trail had been groomed and was well used.

We noticed several well used trails going north off the ATV trail.  They had been made by many kids over that past 35  or so years  heading out from their back yards along the south part of town to seek adventure.  Something that we were also doing!

   We passed  a small lake to our south and it was only fitting that we call it Jake Lake .  Fitting because Jake was the only one who asked what was the name of that lake.

We proceeded past a few beaver ponds and saw a good sized beaver dam not 30 feet from the ATV trail. If it ever breaks  there would be quite the washout over that trail.  Saw many tracks but we were not sure what made them as people walk their dogs along this trail .   A few snowshoe hare and some squirrel and raven , for sure. 

We headed south and then split off from the EL ATV trail 2 and headed west and slightly south along a trail that meets up with the Esten Lake Loop.  We decided to stop for lunch instead of continuing on that trail.  After lunch we saw  a toboggan trail that lead about 500 yards south to another small lake.  Rod was the first one to stand on the lake , so it is now called Covert Lake!

There was a very well kept campsite on the shore of the lake.   We happened to meet the person who made the tobaggan trail and the campsite. He said he used to  work building  campsites in the interior of Lake Superior Provincial Park.   He said we are welcome to return to that site on different hikes. 

We got back safe  after only a few thrills and near spills on an icy hill.

All adventurers returned with plans to see that trail  in the summer.

Mission accomplished!!   PHOTOS


Wednesday, March 15, 2017

*****Courses being offered in May*****

Two Hike Ontario courses will be offered in May.
1- May 27th from 9-4 the "Safe Hiker" course.  This is a prerequisite for the Hike Leaders Course and is recommended for all members.
2-  May 28th from 9-4 the "Hike Leader" course.
Both will take place at the Coureurs de Bois clubhouse.
There is no cost to Coureurs de Bois club members.  Lunch is provided.
Because hike leaders are essential in maintaining an active and vibrant club, please consider signing up for these courses.
For more information call Gerry at 705-461-6304 or email at gnjean@personainternet.com.

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

***** General Meeting CANCELLED *****

The General Meeting scheduled for Tuesday, March 21, 2017 has been cancelled.  Our next General Meeting will be held on Tuesday, May 16, 2017, 7 pm at the clubhouse.  We will start the meeting with our guest speaker, Mr. Dave Hamlin, from the Blind River MNR office.  
If you have a concern/issue you wish to discuss prior to the May General Meeting, please don't hesitate to call Astrid at 578-2095.   

McCabe Lake, March 14th, 2017

commentary and photos by Nickie
What a beautiful day for a hike!  Seventeen hikers headed down the snowmobile trail off Stanrock Road and walked as far as McCabe Lake.  The sky was at its bluest and the sunshine put an extra bounce in our steps.  We had lunch overlooking the lake and wished we had our skates to take advantage of the great ice conditions.  Even the hills on the way back couldn't dampen our spirits. Great outing! PHOTOS

Monday, March 13, 2017

*****Hiker Chicks' Dinner*****

We will have the Hiker Chicks' dinner on March 24 at the Gem at 5pm. Please contact Tana at 848-9731 or at nonnasbabys@gmail.com  She must know by March 22. 

Friday, March 10, 2017